I had an 18" bolo I bought from a local when in the Philippines before I went to J.E.S.T. Lost it in customs, due to the wooden handle not being 'properly dried'. It was made from a deuce and a half leaf spring and was the best field knife/machete I've fielded.
I'm starting high mountain hiking/camping again this year, which for most things means smaller and lighter. But not for my knife, I need something 3/8" thick, 18"- 12" long with a full tang. I'm looking for a true field knife, carbon steel with a low degree angle on the edge. Nothing with dragon heads or serrations on the back. Just a real life tool.
I'm not so much concerned about price if the product is right, at the same time, I'm not looking for pretty. Just a quality tool that can work it's way through a 4" green tree with me doing my part.
Only interested in real life experince, and bolo configuration only.